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Healing Anxiety and Depression
Wednesday 2 March @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Using Buddhist psychology to cut through the root of sadness and fear, reveal the innate goodness and peace at the heart of our being.
Depression and anxiety are the pain system of the mind. In this course, we discover how to listen to what anxiety and depression are telling us, so we can remove their root causes, rather than just mask the symptoms. The root of these is our distorted and negative self-view. By developing a realistic appreciation of our innate human qualities, we will be able to overcome our fears and become happier and kinder human beings.
– Buddhist psychology as a science of the mind, naturally pure, yet polluted
– Investigate the nature of identity to develop natural confidence and self-worth
– Step-by-step methods to counter disturbing emotions
– Difference between attachment and love, craving and kindness
– Cultivating patience to overcome hostility and frustration
– How to listen to the message in depression and anxiety
– Methods to break the habit of worry and the toxic depression cycle
– Simple techniques to cultivate positive states of mind
This popular course is well into its fifteenth year. These methods are not just for Buddhists, they are universal and helpful for everyone. The classes are sequential, but you are most welcome to join at any time, as each class features a standalone topic.
9 February: Tracing the Root
Buddhist psychology is a science of the mind, and the mind is seen as naturally pure and clear, but polluted with clouds of toxic emotions. These emotions are universal, and there are universal methods we can use to overcome them. As human beings we have all the tools and resources we need to liberate ourselves from the cycle of suffering and achieve the inner peace we are seeking.
16 February: Identity and Self-esteem
We investigate issues of identity, how reliant we are on the opinions of others, and how we can escape the prison of low self-esteem. At some time we have all felt intimidated, alienated, and lonely. Discover how to recognize your innate potential, and develop a realistic and genuine sense of self-worth and confidence.
23 February: Attachment VS Love
Confused between attachment and love? Clinging and affection? Often wonder why love so easily turns to hate? Identify how desirous attachment differs from love, how it cheats us, and why it is so painful. Applying the antidotes to attachment means we can really enjoy life!
2 March: Breaking the Habit of Worry
How to listen to the wisdom in your anxiety! Suffering comes from being out of step with reality, and it is compounded by misconceptions about the nature of reality that dominate our thoughts and emotions. The spectrum of worry from low level anxiety to outright dread can be debilitating personally and socially. Discover practical methods to break the habit of worry for good.
9 March: The Patience that Calms Anger
The flipside of attachment is anger, and when we are overwhelmed we forget how it harms us, and causes us to hurt others, especially the ones we love. Discover how to stay calm in difficult situations, and develop the fortitude to not just overcome anger, but any problem or difficulty life throws at us.
16 March Breaking the toxic depression cycle
Don’t shoot the messenger! In fact, unless we head the message, depression and anxiety will only strengthen until we give it the right attention. It’s painful because it is out of step with reality. Buddhist psychology has radical methods to use our depression to become the path to compassion and emotional health.
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Hosted by Shantideva Centre, USA:
This course is being hosted by our sister centre in New York City. If you are joining from overseas, please check the start time against your own time zone! Use an app such as Timebuddy.
“It’s like washing dirty clothes with soap and water. At first, the water goes all black; the clothes don’t get clean immediately. You regard all this black dirt coming out as positive, not negative. Similarly, when you practice Dharma very strongly, your negative karma can manifest and cause you to get sick. Practicing Dharma brings out your negative karma and makes it finish very quickly. Therefore, when you undergo experiences like depression, you should rejoice that you are depleting your negative karma.”Lama Zopa Rinpoche
“Remember that the nature of your mind is clear light, buddha nature, so you can be free from all problems. The delusions, all the mistakes of the mind, are all temporary. Even though delusions have a beginning, they can be ended. That is why stains, all suffering, which comes from delusions, can be pacified. Buddha explained all the methods and path to do that. By practicing that, you can definitely overcome them.”Lama Zopa Rinpoche